SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Feb. 19) - Northern Marianas College is developing a plan that will allow local students to enroll in U.S. universities and colleges—without leaving the islands.

NMC President Kenneth E. Wright said that under this proposal, U.S. universities and colleges could offer online courses through NMC.

"We’re talking about offering them classroom space here and do the recruiting of students for them. This way, we’ll be able to offer (more) baccalaureate degrees right here in the CNMI," Wright said.

"NMC won’t offer (these degrees) but we will host the services of another institution," he added.

Wright said he has already discussed this proposal with the officials of state universities in New York, Ohio, Idaho, Montana, California and Arizona.

Wright said the University of Ohio appears to be "very interested."

"They are (willing) to put somebody on campus. That institution would not literally be here. But it would be their degree, offered under their auspices. We would still be a community college doing the good things that we do," he said.

NMC’s only four-year course is for a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

February 19, 2003

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